Housebuilder granted outline planning consent for new Midlothian community

SPRINGFIELD Properties has announced it has secured outline planning consent to create a new neighbourhood in Midlothian featuring up to 1,000 new homes.

The Lingerwood development will be delivered within a ‘thoughtfully integrated and well-connected community’, the housebuilder said.

Detailed proposals will now be progressed for the first 200 homes. Springfield said designs will promote low and zero carbon technologies and use sustainable building techniques. The homes will include a variety of house types and will be mixed tenure.

The masterplans show how Lingerwood will embrace the 20-minute neighbourhood model. Designs include open, green spaces, woodland planting, meadows and grasslands.

A standalone ‘an clachan’ will be based at the development’s heart, drawing inspiration from the area’s mining history. The proposals show how residents could come together through the provision of play spaces, allotments, landscaped gardens and seating areas.

Martin Egan, chief operating officer for Springfield, said, “This planning consent marks a major milestone for a significant development that will bring forward excellent quality, energy efficient homes for people in Midlothian. However, more than this, Lingerwood will see the creation of a thriving village that can sustain the needs of local people for years to come.

“It will be a best-in-class example of placemaking and we are confident that it will complement nearby established residential areas that already have distinct identities. We have spent a great deal of time consulting with Midlothian Council and local stakeholders and their feedback has been invaluable so far. We are keen to build on these relationships as we refine our plans and look ahead to the first phase of development.”